As its first order of business, a newly appointed seven-member [Round Lake Library] Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting Wednesday night and unanimously voted to reinstate longtime librarian Theresa Marchione to her job with back pay.
“Come on back, Theresa,” said Bill Ryan as sustained applause from the audience filled Village Hall.
Marchione, a familiar face at the Wesley Avenue facility for decades, had been terminated for shutting down the library 40 minutes early on May 29 because of a tornado warning. A powerful twister touched down later in nearby Vischer Ferry.
Since Marchione’s dismissal, upset residents in this tiny municipality have galvanized around her, prompting the resignation of the seven board members under pressure followed by the departure of Library Director Carol Sheffer.
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